Mary Ellen Cody
Mary Ellen Cody was appointed as the Chief Development Officer of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in April 2022. She previously served as Dean of Development and Community Partnerships at Gateway Community College and Chief Regional External Affairs Officer for the Shoreline West Region of the Connecticut State Community Colleges. Her responsibilities encompassed designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs, including managing the annual fund; corporate and foundation relations; major gifts and gift planning; endowment; capital campaigns; event management; grant development and administration; constituent relations; stewardship and advancement services; raising funds to support the college’s students, faculty, and staff; and serving as liaison to the Gateway Community College Foundation. In addition, she worked with the Regional President and the three Chief Executive Officers of the Shoreline West Region to facilitate strategic community outreach.
Mary Ellen also has held high-profile strategic government relations, public relations, and community affairs positions at public and private companies throughout Connecticut, including the United Illuminating Company and Oxford Health Plans. She was recognized by the New Haven Business Times as one of its “20 Noteworthy Women” and “Forty Under 40,” and by the United Way as its “Volunteer of the Year.” Mary Ellen was also named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2020 by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, she received the “Women in Business Award” from New Haven Biz. She completed executive leadership training programs in both New Haven and Fairfield County. Mary Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication at The George Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Management at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Mary Ellen is a strategic, visionary executive who brings a broad skillset to Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. She has a proven record of nurturing collaborative relationships with colleagues, board members and volunteers, as well as cultivating partnerships with individual, corporate and foundation donors. Her wealth of knowledge, creativity, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the members of the Greater New Haven community will support the mission of the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center.
She is married to Thomas Cody and is the proud mother of Patrick and Kevin Cody.